Many clients enter the world of treatment by way of a drug intervention. An intervention is a collaborative effort, most often, by the family and friends of a person who is engaging in self-destructive behavior that may require professional assistance in order to overcome. Drug addiction intervention has been used since the 1960’s, originating from a technique used by Dr. Vernon Johnson. Over the last several decades, thousands of lives have been saved by addiction interventions.
Unfortunately, a common aspect of addiction is denial, making it very hard for the addict to recognize the effects their behaviors are having on themselves and others. For this reason, it is common that discussions in an intervention focus on the addict’s denial.
Often an addict will be confronted with help, but refuses to accept it. At this point, a professional interventionist may need to be consulted. With the assistance of a professional, the healing process can begin for all of those involved in the intervention. Drug abuse interventions may involve family members, clergy, colleagues or friends. There are many different models of drug interventions and the right intervention specialist can determine which method should be used.
Prior to the intervention, the family is recommended to meet with an interventionist. During the intervention rehearsal meeting, the family is often advised to prepare letters. These letters often include:
- How you’ve seen the addiction affect the person’s life.
- How the addiction has negatively affected your life.
- What the bottom line is if that person chooses not to accept help.
The “bottom line” may include a list of behaviors and activities that you will no longer financially support, tolerate, or participate in. The addict must understand that if they do not agree to check into a drug addiction treatment, these consequences will be enforced. During the intervention, family and friends will read their letters and leave the addict to decide whether to agree to go to the suggested rehabilitation center or accept the promised losses.
It is common for a family to enter the process with preconceived ideas about how the intervention takes place, perhaps from viewing an intervention program on television. However, it is very important for the family to trust the process of the clinical interventionist. These are trained professionals who have a great deal of experience with addiction.
Interventions typically involve directly confronting the addicted individual, which often comes as a surprise to the person in concern. The predicted reaction is what most families and friends fear the most. This initial reaction may be one of anger, but if the family continues to come from a place of love and support, these few moments of pain will be more than worth it. They are saving the future of the addict and their loved ones. In hindsight, recovering addicts are overwhelmingly grateful to those who have intervened. As they move further away from their addiction, they come to a better understanding of the severity of their behaviors and the extent to which they were affecting others. Call a drug rehab facility today for help.